Dairy sector should refrain from inter-state competition: Milma

On the occasion of World Milk Day, the chairman of Milma urged milk federations in the nation to adhere to the founding ideals of the cooperative dairy movement

Representative image (Photo: Getty Images)
Representative image (Photo: Getty Images)


Milk federations in the country should re-dedicate themselves to the founding ideals of the cooperative dairy movement and strive to build a robust dairy sector while refraining from inter-state competition, said K.S. Mani, chairman of the Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (KCMMF), known by the brand name of Milma.

On the occasion of World Milk Day, Mani said in the 1970s taking into account the circumstances prevailing in each state a decision was taken to move forward on cooperative and federal principles.

"This was a path-breaking initiative, backed by goals such as higher milk production and stronger generation of employment. The bottom line was to end malnutrition and presently we are now world's largest milk producer and milk co-operatives have contributed immensely in achieving this. They have flourished by adhering to the co-operative and federal principles while upholding the interests of the consumers and welfare of the dairy farmers in their home states," said Mani.

"But unfortunately, of late, there have been attempts by some milk federations to transgress the limits set by these founding ideals by marketing liquid milk beyond their borders. At the end of the day, this will lead to serious consequences to the dairy co-operative movement in the country as a whole. Some cooperatives are behaving much like monopolistic firms in capitalist economies. Such activities are a threat to India's spirit of cooperative federalism," added Mani.

He also pointed out that this issue will be discussed at the next meeting of the National Dairy Development Board.

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